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Presenting The 2016 Canada Brownie Awards

The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media presented their annual Brownie Awards in Toronto, Canada, November 29, 2016 at a special Awards Gala. The 2016 Brownies mark the first joint venture between CBN and Actual Media, although the Awards themselves have been given since… Read more

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Brownfields: Not Just About Economic Redevelopment–Let's Go Fishing
Rural Redevelopment

Brownfields: Not Just About Economic Redevelopment–Let's Go Fishing

The City of Pawtucket redeveloped the former State Pier, a 5-acre riverfront site, into Festival Pier, a public event and riverfront recreation park. Festival Pier is one of only two places within the City that provides public access to the Pawtucket River which empties into Narragansett Bay. The City improved parking and installed landscaping on the site, and reconstructed the existing boat ramp. In Pawtucket, and throughout northern Rhode Island, there are few opportunities for salt water fishing and boating and the redevelopment of the Pier addressed both a local and statewide need. The cleanup was completed on April 2016. Prior to redevelopment the site was an oil stor… Read more
Charles Town Goes Green in Evitts Run Brownfield Project
Market & Economics

Charles Town Goes Green in Evitts Run Brownfield Project

The city of Charles Town, WV has been active on brownfields revitalization in its downtown and core neighborhoods since U.S. EPA awarded its first Brownfields Assessment grant in 2000. The community has undertaken many revitalization projects since, and is now focused on an ambitious initiative to transform waterfront brownfields on the Evitts Run Creek into a new park, recreation, and nature area with innovative green infrastructure that will boost a distressed neighborhood and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A core component of the initiative will be to deploy an innovative, watershed-scale, multi-BMP stormwater treatment train along a 0.7-mile stretch of the Evitt… Read more
Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City
Urban Planning

Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City

For at least 20 years, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ's) Cleanup program has addressed brownfield sites across the state, often working in partnership with sister state agencies, local governments, non-profits, and community groups. In addition, ODEQ collaborates with the brownfields team at EPA Region 10 in Seattle on a variety of projects, including those funded through an EPA grant to ODEQ. These are called "site-specific assessments," or SSAs, which have a flexible structure but usually consist of sampling, technical assistance/outreach and reporting. SSAs are designed to promote site reuses that enhance the health of community members—in all ways that wo… Read more
Potential Risks in Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse Projects
Risk Management

Potential Risks in Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse Projects

Finding greenspace in older cities and highly developed areas present unique opportunities to develop new residential and commercial spaces. But the adaptive reuse of former industrial and warehouse properties offers developers a unique architectural platform to repurpose an existing structure and bring life back into often vacant buildings or blighted areas. While some environmental concerns with repurposed development of older properties (gasoline stations, dry cleaners, asbestos, and lead based paint) are well-known, developers and owners of these properties can often run into lesser-known environmental concerns that can cause significant delay to development and increase costs… Read more

Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more
Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more
Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management
Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management

When you think of risk management in the context of smart growth best-practices, what comes to mind first? Is it risk management that connects to crafting a solid, right-sized insurance… Read more


Urban

An Upscale Coffee Shop That Doesn’t Jibe with Regular Joe
Urban Planning

An Upscale Coffee Shop That Doesn’t Jibe with Regular Joe

We have long chronicled stories at Renewal and Redevelopment about urban gentrification cases of the most visceral kind: Those cases where residents are displaced, banished to start anew in places… Read more
Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City
Urban Planning

Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City

For at least 20 years, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ's) Cleanup program has addressed brownfield sites across the state, often working in partnership with sister state agencies, local… Read more
Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth
Urban Planning

Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth

Lithonia, Georgia, is a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents in DeKalb County, 19 miles east of Atlanta. The area is known for its abundance of granite, including nearby… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more

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